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How to Green Juice on a Budget

juicing on a budget

Green juicing is so…misunderstood. Thanks to all the media coverage of celebs clutching green juice as well as  fancy juice bars (with fancy prices) popping up everywhere – a lot of would-be green juicers are hesitating, thanks to the assumption that green juicing (or juicing in general) is a hoity-toity, expensive venture.

Not so, my friend, not so.

Not only is green juicing one of the best things you can do for your body (and beauty) –  in the long run, green juicing is really, very affordable.

Here’s how.

Get the Best (but Affordable) Juicer = $100

Let’s talk about one of the biggest expenses in juicing: buying a juicer.

If you’re starting juicing mainly in order to make fruit juices – you’ll want to get a good centrifugal juicer (the centrifugals, ‘though they get very little love from the juicing community, are great for soft fruits).

A good centrifugal juicer like the Breville will run you about $100 – $150. Plus, unless you plan on growing fruit trees, you’ll be buying fruit on a constant basis and that will add up.

If you want to juice fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens – a great all-around juicer, like the Omega, will run you around $240 (this is what I recommend, by the way, if you want to get started juicing and would like a juicer that’s easy to clean and able to juice everything pretty darn well). But, of course, you’ll have to consistently buy fruits and vegetables to feed into your juicer.

On the other hand, if you’re mainly planning on juicing greens – you can do very well with just a manual juicer. A top-of-the-line manual juicer, like the Z-Star, will cost you $80.

That might seem like a lot for a juicer that requires elbow grease to run, but the Z-star is worth it since it’s pretty much a single auger, masticating type of juicer without the motor. It has the same process of very thorough juice extraction and produces a great quality juice.

It’s also a juicer that is meant for wheatgrass and can thus handle every type of leafy green without a problem. It also does well with hard and even fibrous vegetables like carrots and celery, as well as hard fruits like apples and pears.

All in all, $100 for a great quality juicer for greens – not that bad at all. It won’t even affect your electricity bill 🙂

Get Your Greens = $27 – $32

If you decide you want to mainly juice leafy greens – the juicer will be your biggest expense since leafy greens and other green plants (like herbs) are among the easiest, most space-efficient produce you can grow. It might take some up-front investment, but like I said – in the long run, green juicing translates to the easiest, most affordable type of juicing there is.

That’s ’cause growing these greens is pretty effortless:

Sprouts: Not only are they highly nutritious, they’re also the easiest – and cheapest – greens to grow. A one-pound mix of radish, broccoli, alfalfa, green lentil, and mung bean seeds will cost you $10 and you can grow these using things you already have around the house, like paper towels and cups – here’s an easy guide to growing your sprouts here.

Sweet potato leaves: Okay, these are the easiest greens to grow. Ever. They literally grow themselves. And they grow a lot. Plus, they’re super nutritious. All you need are a few sweet potatoes, water and jars. Cost = however much 2 – 3 sweet potatoes cost you. Let’s say $3. Find out how to do it here.

Microgreens: These take a little more effort and prep than the above 2, but they’re so worth it. You can use leftover plastic containers you have around the house and all you’ll need to buy is potting mix ($10 – $15) and seeds ($4). Find out how to grow your own microgreens!

Wheatgrass: If you juice nothing else but wheatgrass, you’ll still reap pretty much all the benefits. That’s because wheatgrass is one of nature’s most nutritious foods, chock full of chlorophyll and 98 of the 102 earth elements found in soil, as well as vitamins, essential enzymes and 19 amino acids. Not bad for such a scrawny looking plant. Plus, it’s really easy to grow – find out how to grow wheatgrass!

You can use the above greens as the base for much of your green juices and add fruits and veggies you have around the house to sweeten the taste and get diversity in your juices.

Total Cost = Roughly $130

Who said you couldn’t green juice on a budget?

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